Bishop Beisner Visits Memorial Garden

Bishop Beisner Visits Memorial Garden

by the Rev. James Wirrell and the Rev. Barbara Elizabeth Nixon

On Sunday, May 6, the Rev. Barbara Elizabeth Nixon and the people of St. Luke’s in Galt welcomed Bishop Barry Beisner and Deacon Bob Olsen and his wife, Sandy, to Sunday morning worship followed by a luncheon and teaching. The Bishop preached on the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:26-40. He pointed out that Philip was one of the Church’s original seven deacons chosen in Acts 6:1-7, and outlined his vision that each congregation in the diocese would have a deacon. The bishop taught that, like Philip, we are all called to be evangelists and that the word evangelism really means “good news-ism”.

During the service, the bishop confirmed one parishioner and received another into the Episcopal Church. Before being confirmed and received, the candidates spoke to the congregation about their faith in Christ and why they decided to formally join the Episcopal Church generally, and St. Luke’s in particular.

Following the service, the Bishop toured St. Luke’s new memory garden. The memory garden began as an idea from St. Luke’s teenager David Gleason for an Eagle Scout service project. The plot of land used to be a patch of untended weeds and growth. David cleared and landscaped the plot, creating a walkway, benches, plants and a statue of St. Francis. He also designed the fences and built, carved and painted the wooden outer fence to match the other carved and painted historic wooden fences on the Church property. The Memory Garden is a memorial to loved ones who have passed and a beautiful place for people to take time out in peace to meditate, remember and pray.

During the luncheon, the Rev. Nixon asked the bishop to speak on how he nurtured his faith in Christ. The bishop spoke of the importance of reading the Scriptures daily, of prayer both corporate and private, having a spiritual director and time for retreat and study as well as the importance of keeping a Sabbath for quiet reflection and renewal. Along with the Rev. Nixon, he encouraged the congregation to participate in the Diocese’s Bible Challenge program later in the year which will encourage us all to read the Bible in one year.

Click here to see additional pictures from the Bishop's visit.

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